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Recently, the Kia Niro underwent a massive redesign for its new electrified trio of the hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and EV models for 2023. With now, a futuristic and aggressive-looking aero body design, the 2023 Kia Niro looks to be the next big thing in the EV scene. But how does it compare to its competitors? Here are four reasons to consider the 2023 Kia Niro EV over the 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge.

A white 2023 Kia Niro EV electric compact SUV model driving on a winding forest highway
2023 Kia Niro EV | Kia America

The Kia Niro is the more affordable option

Kia knows how to undercut the competition when it comes to pricing, and the 2023 Kia Niro EV is no different. The Kia Niro EV is available in two trims, starting at around $39,450 for the base trim. According to Volvo car, the practical and stylish Volvo XC40 Recharge base trim starts at around $53,550. Even the range-topping Kia Niro EV EX trim is cheaper than the Volvo XC40 Recharge at $44,450.

Kia also has the range advantage

Despite being significantly more affordable, the Kia Niro EV has gets the nod when it comes to range. The 2023 Niro EV has an EPA-estimated range estimate of 253 miles. Meanwhile, the Volvo XC40 Recharge only offers an estimated 223 miles of range.

To be fair this is only a slight difference; however, if you’re paying almost $15,000 for a car it is reasonable that you’d expect at least the same amount of range.

Both SUVs can use DC-fast chargers, but the Kia Niro EV can get from 10% to 80% charge in just 45 minutes.

What about cargo room?

You might be more concerned more about how much cargo space you have for your luggage when packing for a road trip. Luckily, Kia has thought of everything and ensured that the Niro EV still has plenty of room in the back for cargo.

With all the seats up, there is 22.5 cu. ft. of space available. By simply folding down the 60/40-split rear seats, that space doubles to 63.7 cu. ft. The Volvo XC40 Recharge falls short in comparison, with a maximum cargo capacity of 57.5 cu. ft.

Kia’s unmatched warranty

Volvo is known for its excellent build quality and reliability, but Kia offers an even better standard warranty with the Niro EV. Generally, Kia’s warranty doesn’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance, but it’s one of the business’s best limited and powertrain warranties.

For the Kia Niro EV, buyers will get a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Meanwhile, the Volvo warranty package includes a complimentary maintenance plan, which lasts for three years or 36,000 miles. However, the basic and powertrain warranties are shorter than Kia’s, at four years/50,000 miles and eight years/100,000 miles, respectively.

The 2023 Kia Niro EV is a more affordable and practical option than the Volvo XC40 Recharge. It has a better fuel economy, standard range, cargo capacity, and warranty package. The new improvements for the 2023 Kia Niro EV make it a compelling option for anyone in the market for an electric vehicle. So, if you’re looking for an electric SUV, check out the Kia Niro EV.

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